Welcome to the Issues Committee!

The DRC is dedicated to illuminating and promoting issues that affect rural New York. We have identified broad issues including the economy, taxes, education, healthcare, energy and our environment which all have unique and challenging regional variations found in rural areas. The DRC Issues Committee role is two-fold:

(1) To be an educational resource to the membership and others;

(2) To work legislatively as advocates regarding specific and important rural issues.

Resolutions as adopted by the DRC will be posted as they occur.


Economic Development

Economic development in rural communities has become a perpetual
challenge for public officials. As a general matter, current progressive
thinking in the economic development field is centered around small
business development and entrepreneurship, and operates on the following

  1. Rural economic development requires long term strategic thinking; not
    much can be accomplished within the time frame of a single, two-year
    election cycle.
  2. Using scarce resources (usually in the form of tax incentives) to
    lure large manufacturers into rural communities (i.e., “smoke stack
    chasing”) has proved expensive and ineffective in the long term.
  3. Key concepts include: think local first, use existing local resources
    (e.g., schools, libraries) first, encourage community engagement and buy-in

The following web sites provide relevant information and resources for
economic development:

Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Center for Rural Affairs

International Economic Development Council

NY State Small Business Development Center

Women’s Business Centers in NY

Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Empire State Development

New York State Economic Development Council

U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Business and Community Development!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?navid=BUSINESS_DEVELOPMENT&parentnav=RURAL_DEVELOPMENT&navtype=RT

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